Veterans museum accepts donation of bronze plaque

Dec 10, 2018 377

A major piece of local military history is now on display at the Italian American Veterans Museum in Stone Park thanks to the dedication and generosity of the Far South Side Italian-American community. A massive bronze plaque honoring scores of World War II veterans was donated to the museum at a ceremony in late October at Carlo Lorenzetti’s in Chicago hosted by the Spaghetti-Os. There to accept the donation were IAVM board members Paul Basile, Steve Corbo and Mark DiSanto.

The plaque was commissioned by Società Filarmonica Bella Italia and contains the names of 125 mostly Italian-American veterans. It had languished in the garage of a Far South Side printer until 2014, when it was discovered by local historian Tom Shepherd and his friend Don Bovino. Shepherd oversaw the plaque’s restoration and then worked with the Spaghetti-Os to host the presentation ceremony.

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